Without rules and boundaries in life, things can go considerably wrong. Before the Israelites get too far into their journey, I love how God gives them the Ten Commandments. He not only speaks to them from Mt. Sinai but writes on two stone tablets, using His own finger: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Exodus 20:2).
And here, in abridged form, are the commandments He gave:
- You shall have no other gods before me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
- You shall not covet.
The first four commandments tell us how God wants to be loved, and the last six show how to demonstrate love for other people. The New Testament teachings tell us the importance of understanding the spirit of the law and aligning our lives with God’s Word. It’s not about the “rules,” as living a Godly life. I love that God loves us that much!